Laura Ingalls Wilder said, "Remember well, and bear in mind, a constant friend is hard to find." Friends move in and out of our lives like waves lapping on the shore. Truly constant friends are hard to find.
The Bible is not silent on this issue. Proverbs 17:17 reminds us "a friend loves at all times". A true friend is constant. A true friend is consistent. A true friend is continually finding ways to connect.
True friendship rises above the circumstances of life and maintains itself through the good and the bad. Here are several Biblical friendships worthy of your study:
1. David & Jonathan - Probably the most famous friendship in the Bible, 1 Samuel 18 describes their friendship: “As soon as he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.” Three crucial elements of friendship are found in their relationship; love, loyalty, and emotional openness.
2. Moses & Aaron - This partnership created by God is perhaps the best example of what can be accomplished when two friends work together. God used their gifts to complement each other.
3. Elijah & Elisha - This friendship illustrates how important it is to purposefully select your friends. Elisha said to Elijah, “As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.”
4. Naomi & Ruth - Again, this friendship shows us the value of loyalty, of unconditional love and self-sacrifice. Ruth didn’t hesitate to give when Naomi was in need. This is the kind of action that creates the strongest of friendships, and gives us a sense of security—we know that when we’re in trouble, someone will be there for us.
5. Jesus & Mankind - Finally, there is the ultimate example of friendship—not just of friendship, but of relationship—that between man and Christ. Jesus, in John 15:13 says that “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”
Christ is the purest example of a friend we can find in the Bible, laying down His life—His extraordinarily valuable life—for the friends, whom he loved. Although he had the power to call those around Him His servants, He called them friend, instead.